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Hedgelaying - Beginners MIDLAND OR SOMERSET styles

30th August 2017 - 30th September 2017 | To be confirmed (various locations)
| £109
Course Provider: Cotswolds Conservation Board
AUTUMN & WINTER COURSE DATES WILL BE ADDED JULY ONWARDS. These courses are suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying and are run during the Autumn and Winter months.

Course dates are added and can normally be booked online from July onwards.

Course Description

The traditional art of hedgelaying has been part of the Cotswolds landscape for centuries. Originally used for the purposes of stock control, the skill of laying a hedge was once common practice. However, due to the introduction of cheaper and less labour intensive methods of stock control, this traditional form of land management is now a much rarer skill.

There are many styles of hedge-laying throughout the UK. Here in the Cotswolds the most commonly used are the Midlands style and the Somerset style and it is these that we teach on our courses. For further information on the different hedgerow styles found in the Cotswolds visit www.hedgelaying.org.uk.

On the course you will learn to:
- clear/prepare the hedge

- cut and lay the pleachers

- fix the stakes and bindings 

- correctly use and maintain hedge laying tools

- the benefits of hedgelaying for wildlife and landowners

What to Bring

For this course you will need strong footwear, plenty of warm clothes, waterproofs, gloves (optional), a packed lunch and a drink. 

What we provide

All tools and equipment necessary for the course will be provided and the instructor will run through how each tool should be used during the course. Gloves and goggles are also provided. Parking and a toilet will be available on or near to the work site.